The annual dominance that we so often see in the French league from perennial winners Paris Saint Germain was brought to an astounding halt in the 2020/2021 season.
Lille clinched the Ligue 1 title for the first time in 10 years and their success brought a new wave of fan optimism for the recently concluded campaign.
However, Paris Saint Germain finished top of the pile once again to re-assert their dominance at the top of the French league, and they’re expected to win the division once again this season.
So, with that said, let’s take a look at the dead ball specialists from France’s highest tier of league football.
Ligue 1 competition set piece takers list
|Club||Penalties (Main)||Penalties (Alternate)||Free Kicks (Main)||Free Kicks (Alternate 1)||Free Kicks (Alternate 2)||Corners (Main)||Corners (Alternate 1)||Corners (Alternate 2)|
|AS Monaco||Wissam Ben Yedder||Kevin Volland||Aleksandr Golovin||Sofiane Diop||-||Aleksandr Golovin||Sofiane Diop||-|
|RC Lens||Florian Sotoca||Gaël Kakuta||Gaël Kakuta||-||-||Gaël Kakuta||-||-|
|Rennes||Gaëtan Laborde||Martin Terrier||Benjamin Bourigeaud||-||-||Benjamin Bourigeaud||-||-|
|Nice||Amine Gouiri||Andy Delort||Amine Gouiri||Danilo||-||Amine Gouiri||-||-|
|Lille||Jonathan David||Jonathan Ikone||Jonathan Ikone||Benjamin André||Yusuf Yazici||Yusuf Yazici||Benjamin André||-|
|Nantes||Ludovic Blas||Moses Simon||TBC||-||-||TBC||-||-|
|AC Ajaccio||Thomas Mangani||Riad Nouri||TBC||-||-||TBC||-||-|
|Brest||Steve Mounie||Romain Del Castillo||TBC||-||-||TBC||-||-|
|Troyes||Florian Tardieu||Ike Ugbo||TBC||-||-||TBC||-||-|
|Clermont||Mohamed Bayo||Lorenzo Rajot||TBC||-||-||TBC||-||-|
|Reims||Alexis Flips||El Bilal Touré||Arbër Zeneli||Cafaro||-||Arbër Zeneli||Doumbia||Chavalerin|
|AJ Auxerre||Mathias Autret||-||TBC||-||-||TBC||-||-|
|Olympique Lyon||Alexandre Lacazette||Moussa Dembélé||Houssem Aouar||Lucas Paquetá||-||Houssem Aouar||Lucas Paquetá||-|
|Paris Saint Germain||Neymar||Kylian Mbappe||Neymar||Lionel Messi||Marco Veratti||Neymar||Lionel Messi||Marco Veratti|
|Angers||Thomas Mangani||Sofiane Boufal||Thomas Mangani||Angelo Fulgini||-||Thomas Mangani||Angelo Fulgini||-|
|Lorient||Terem Moffi||Armand Laurienté||TBC||-||-||TBC||-||-|
|FC Toulouse||Branco van den Boomen||-||TBC||-||-||TBC||-||-|
|Strasbourg||Ludovic Ajorque||Habib Diallo||Dimitri Liénard||-||-||Dimitri Liénard||-||-|
|Montpellier||Teji Savanier||Florent Mollet||Florent Mollet||Teji Savanier||-||Florent Mollet||Teji Savanier||-|
|Olympique Marseille||Dimitri Payet||Arkadiusz Milik||Dimitri Payet||Cengiz Ünder||-||Dimitri Payet||Cengiz Ünder||-|
Set piece takers from Ligue 1’s newly promoted teams
Ligue 1 used to follow the German Bundesliga principle of having two teams go up and another two relegated to the division beneath.
But in the past season, an extra team gained promotion through a playoff match which decided who would take the final spot.
Saint Etienne lost to Auxerre in a tightly contested penalty shootout, which saw the former drop down into Ligue 2 with Auxerre earning a place in Ligue 1 for the first time since 2012.
Because I haven’t watched or seen any of the following promoted clubs in action, I’ll update their free kick and corner takers as the season gets underway.
Central midfielder Branco van den Boomen will probably retain penalty taking duty for Toulouse this season, as he comfortably dispatched all the five spot kicks he took last campaign in Ligue 2.
However, it remains to be seen who will take their corners and free kicks.
We’ll have more data on this after a few fixtures have been played.
This team stepped up to Ligue 1 through finishing 2nd place in the Ligue 2 standings.
From what we’ve seen of them last year, their defense is relatively solid.
However, their attacking output is cause for concern as they only managed to score 39 goals last year.
New signing Thomas Mangani looks to be on penalty duty so far, having slotted one in against Olympique Lyon in the opening fixture.
This leaves the former first choice penalty taker – Riad Nouri – having to deputise in case of Mangani’s absence.
Auxerre made it to France’s top soccer division by the skin of their teeth, overcoming Saint Etienne in a promotion/relegation playoff fixture at the end of last season.
Mathias Autret looks to be on penalties for now; scoring three times from three attempts last season.
Which team scored the most set piece goals in the 2021-22 Ligue 1 season?
Rennes had the most goals from set pieces last season, as they recorded an impressive tally of 16 conversions from dead ball situations.
Rennes were followed closely by Strasbourg and Saint Etienne – who both recorded 13 set piece goals each.
Hopefully this short article has provided a great amount of insight with regard to set piece takers in the French league.
When you have a couple of minutes to spare, you may also want to check out our guide on the set piece takers for Premier League clubs as well as our set piece takers list for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.